Aging in Place Solutions: Creating Comfortable and Safe Senior Living Spaces

As we age, the comfort and safety of our living environment become increasingly important. Many seniors wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, surrounded by familiar surroundings and cherished memories.

Fortunately, there are various solutions for aging in place that can help seniors maintain independence and enhance their quality of life. Join us as we explore these solutions and offer insights into creating comfortable and safe senior living spaces.

Creating Comfortable and Safe Senior Living Spaces

(PLUS, you can view some of our suggested changes from our Age-In-Place Checklist!)

The Desire to Age in Place

Many seniors desire to age in place. It allows them to maintain their independence, stay connected to their community, and retain a sense of familiarity. However, aging in place comes with its challenges, particularly when it comes to mobility, accessibility, and safety. This is where thoughtful home modifications and aging-in-place solutions can make all the difference!

Key Considerations for Aging in Place

Accessibility: One of the most important aspects of aging in place is ensuring the home is accessible and easy to navigate. This includes features such as ramps or stairlifts for those with mobility issues, wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers and bathroom grab bars for added stability.

Glickman is an aging-in-place specialist service. Here are a few items on our checklist for accessibility:

  • At least one no-step entry with a cover
  • Sensor light at exterior no-step entry focusing on the front-door lock
  • There needs to be 32 inches of clear width, which requires a 36-inch door
  • Flush thresholds

Safety: Safety is paramount for seniors living at home. Installing non-slip flooring, adequate lighting, and handrails in key areas can help prevent accidents and falls. Smart home technology, such as motion sensor lights and remote monitoring systems, can also provide peace of mind for seniors and their loved ones.

A few safety items on our checklist:

  • Thermostatic or anti-scald control faucets
  • Light receptacles with at least two bulbs in vital places (exits, bathroom)
  • If carpeted, use low (less than a half-inch high pile) density with a firm pad

Comfort: Creating a comfortable living environment is essential for seniors’ well-being. This includes features such as adjustable height countertops and cabinets, lever-style door handles for easy grip and ergonomic furniture. Comfortable seating with good support is also essential for those with mobility issues.

A few comfort items from our checklist:

  • Wall-hung sink with knee space and panel to protect the user from pipes
  • Pull-down shelving
  • Front-loading laundry machines raised 12-15 inches above the floor

Aging in Place Solutions

Bathroom Modifications:
The bathroom can be a particularly hazardous area for seniors. Consider installing walk-in showers with grab bars, handheld showerheads, and built-in shower benches. Raised toilet seats and anti-scald devices can also improve safety and comfort.

Kitchen Accessibility:
In the kitchen, consider lower countertops to accommodate those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. Pull-out shelves and drawers can make reaching items easier, while lever-style faucets and easy-to-use appliances enhance usability.

Bedroom and Living Spaces:
Ensure that bedrooms and living areas are easy to navigate and comfortable. This includes decluttering to create clear pathways, installing bright lighting for visibility, and incorporating comfortable seating and resting areas.

Technology Integration:
Smart home technology can significantly enhance the experience of aging in place. Voice-activated assistants, remote-controlled thermostats, and emergency response systems can provide added convenience and safety.

At Glickman Design Build, we understand the unique needs of seniors who age in place. Our team of experts specializes in creating customized solutions that prioritize comfort, safety, and accessibility. From bathroom renovations with walk-in showers and grab bars to kitchen modifications with adjustable-height countertops, we’re here to help seniors live independently and comfortably in their own homes. With our commitment to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, we’ll work closely with you to design and implement aging-in-place solutions that fit your lifestyle and needs.

Contact Glickman Design Build today to learn more about our aging-in-place services and take the first step toward creating a comfortable and safe senior living space. Let’s transform your home into a place where you can age gracefully and with peace of mind.